The recent tour down under of the British & Lions Rugby team offered an extra dimension to the competitiveness of the event – The Mane Event. This involved four contestants representing the Lions and four contestants representing Australia. There were four challenges offered during the course of the tour – contestants ate dry breakfast cereal; applied sun screen; sheared sheep and ultimately demonstrated their choral ‘skills‘.

The British & Irish contestants were backed by the Male Welsh Choir and the four Australian contestants were supported by the National Boys and Australian Girls’ Choirs – sometimes referred to as the Qantas Choir. Each group sang a short phrase of a song and the opponents responded with their own colloquial version and so the challenge went on with each group reciprocating until time was called. Sadly Challenge #4 – the Choir Sing Off was won by the visitors.

Contestants and choristers all agreed it was a lot of fun.

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